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PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE – 04/9/2020 1830 Hours
CONTACT: Dave Richardson PIO Nassau County EOC
E-MAIL: EOC.PUBLICINFO@nassauflem.com
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JIS RELEASE #19

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The “OneNassau” Joint Information System (JIS) continues to monitor rapid changes to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to provide timely, accurate and a unified message to Nassau County residents.  We will provide updates each afternoon at 6pm and add timely messaging to our Facebook Page NassauEM and website Nassaufl-em.com.

Current Situation in Nassau County:  

Nassau County has recorded 32 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 6pm 04/09/2020. As of this date, 11 have been released from isolation.

A reminder from the Florida Department of Health and Nassau County Emergency Operations Center; because a three-day week-end holiday (Easter Sunday) is upon all residents and visitors to Nassau County it remains imperative that we practice social distancing, refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 and practice all CDC recommended guidelines (listed below), especially washing hands. Be smart. Be Safe.

For those in need of food as a result of COVID-19, we have listed on our Facebook page (NassauEM) Nassau County food banks, including their schedules and locations.

From the Florida Department of Health:

  • Testing capability is increasing with more processing through commercial or private labs. Testing and reporting times vary among commercial and DOH labs. The rapid viral testing is first occurring in acute care settings (hospitals) or to assist with outbreak control. There are newer rapid antibody tests, but these do not have a significant role in accurately diagnosing COVID-19 in someone that is ill. Antibody tests are useful in the convalescent phase to estimate immunity and the prevalence of asymptomatic infections. FDOH is NOT recommending testing of individuals who are not ill. Testing should NOT drive behavior –anyone who is ill should wear a mask, practice social distancing, hand washing and other infection control. Individuals who are waiting for testing or the results of testing should self-isolate.
  • FDOH Nassau, in support of Nassau County Executive Orders # 3 and # 4, collects basic information about visitors from the “Tri-State” area (NY, NJ, CT) and Louisiana. Guidance is provided to visitors who may become ill regarding infection control and self-isolation.

 FDOH Nassau encourages all individuals who are quarantined due to travel, illness, or exposure to a confirmed case to monitor their temperatures, symptoms and practice social distancing and infection control measures especially washing hands.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a number of updates to COVID-19 guidance as of Sunday, April 5, 2020. See as follows:

The Florida State Department of Transportation continues two highway check-points in Florida: southbound traffic along I-95 at the Georgia/Florida state line at the South ramp to US 17 (Exit 380) to stop and interview travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and to advise those travelers to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. The state is collecting contact information for each traveler from the so-called tri-state area. A similar check-point is set-up in Escambia County along I-10 to check travelers from NY, NY, CT and Louisiana.

If you have questions about the checkpoints, you can visit FDOT.gov, FL511.com or call the Florida Department of Transportation at 866-374-3368.

A reminder that guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health recommend residents to limit gatherings of no more than 10 persons.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at Level 2 Activation with enhanced staffing to take calls from the public and continue processing emergency requests for resources.

Emergency Management and Department of Health personnel continue to monitor the situation in Nassau County and the State, and are prepared to respond to any changes in the community’s needs

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) website floridahealthcovid19.gov is a timely source about COVID-19 in Florida, but anyone with questions about the pandemic can call the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 904-548-0900 or FDOH COVID-19 Call Center toll-free at 866-779-6121

Nassau County Schools are providing meals for students – see https://www.nassau.k12.fl.us/ for more info- until a decision is made that it is safe for students to return to classes

 A number of Executive Orders have been issued that impact our local businesses.  Business owners should complete the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) impact survey at https://floridadisaster.biz/; businesses experiencing economic injury may apply for a bridge-loan on www.FloridaDisasterLoan.org or Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan assistance at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

For individuals who suspect they are positive, show symptoms, have travelled to a known “hot spot” area of the country, travelled overseas or come into contact with a person known to have tested positive, they should contact the primary care provider, DOH-Nassau at 904-875-6100 or seek testing at the federally approved site at TIAA Bank Field.

Everyone (ill or not) should follow “social distancing” and infection control measures to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

Continue to take everyday precautions to reduce disease transmission:  

  • If you are at risk or have underlying health conditions, avoid crowds and maintain social distancing practices.
  • Stay home, away from others whenever ill.
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow, sleeve, or a tissue (and throw the used tissue into the trash).
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place; if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching common surfaces in public places – door handles, ATM buttons, handrails, etc.  Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something; avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces to remove germs every day (e.g., tables and counters, doorknobs, light switches, steering wheels, keyboards and mice, faucets, remotes, and phones)

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the “clearing house” for Nassau County’s JIS and posts incident information regularly on the NassauEM Facebook Page and www.NassauFL-EM.com website.  If you have questions, please call the EOC’s information line 904-548-0900 or message the EOC staff through the NassauEM Facebook page.

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DESANTIS ANNOUNCES STAY AT HOME ORDER

Executive Order (EO 20-91) was just released from the Governor’s Office requiring all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities

STATE OF FLORIDA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-91
(Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency)

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") issued the "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidance advising individuals to adopt far-reaching social distancing measures, such as avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, and in states with evidence of community spread, recommending restrictions to certain establishments conducive to mass gatherings and congregations; and

WHEREAS, on March 29, 2020, the President extended such guidance to be in effect until April 30, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 31, 2020, the President updated the guidance, renaming it “30 Days to Slow the Spread”, and along with the White House Coronavirus Task Force urged Americans to continue to adhere to the guidelines and expand community mitigation efforts; and

WHEREAS, the majority of individuals in Florida that have tested positive for COVID-19 have been concentrated in its southeastern counties and other urban cores; and

WHEREAS, positive cases of COVID-19 have continued to rise in other states in close proximity to Florida, resulting in increased risk to counties in northern Florida; and

WHEREAS, many thousands of people fled the New York City region to Florida following New York State issuing a “shelter-in-place” order, thereby jeopardizing the health and safety of Floridians; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-80, requiring all individuals that fly into Florida from states with substantial community spread to self-isolate in Florida for 14 days or the duration of their trip, whichever is shorter; and

WHEREAS, on March 27, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-86, requiring all individuals that drive into Florida from states with substantial community spread to self-isolate in Florida for 14 days or the duration of their trip, whichever is shorter; and

WHEREAS, persistent interstate travel continues to pose a risk to the entire state of Florida; and

WHEREAS, on March 24, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-83directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory urging the public to avoid all social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people and urging those who can work remotely to do so; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary and appropriate to take action to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is slowed, and that residents and visitors in Florida remain safe and secure.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a) of the Florida Constitution, Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:

Section 1. Safer At Home

Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

Section 2. Essential Services

For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, “essential services” means and encompasses the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, v. 2 (March 28, 2020) (attached) and any subsequent lists published.

Essential services also include those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders.

Other essential services may be added under this Order with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential services, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions. The online list shall be available on the Division of Emergency Management’s website at www.floridadisaster.org and the Florida Department of Health’s website at www.floridahealth.gov.

Nothing in this order prohibits individuals from working from home; indeed, this Order encourages individuals to work from home.

All businesses or organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service outside of the business or organization, of orders placed online or via telephone, to the greatest extent practicable.

Section 3. Essential Activities

For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, “essential activities” means and encompasses the following:

Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship; and

Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming; and

Taking care of pets; and

Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend.

Other essential activities may be added to this list with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer. The State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential activities, as specified in this Order along with any approved additions.

A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space.

Section 4. Local Orders in Response to COVID-19

This Order shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19 but only to the extent that such action or order allows essential services or essential activities prohibited by this Executive Order.

Section 5. Previous Executive Orders

This Executive Order does not supersede any Executive Order related to COVID-19.

Section 6. Effective Date and Expiration Date

This Order is effective 12:01 a.m. on April 3, 2020. This Order shall expire on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order. Executive Order 20-68 (bars, restaurants) and Executive Order 20-71 (alcohol sales, restaurants) shall remain in effect through the duration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

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Read the full Executive Order here

The Order references “essential services” and the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that can be located by using this link: ADVISORY MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE.

What are Community Mitigation and Social Distancing Measures for a Pandemic?

Community mitigation measures, such as cancelling or postponing large festivals and other non-essential gatherings, are common-sense measures taken to reduce person-to-person transmission of pathogens.  Social distancing helps stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases.  People who are at higher risk from infections (e.g., older individuals, those with other health issues like heart/lung disease or diabetes, babies) are encouraged to avoid crowds as much as possible and minimize contact with others.  For instance, plan ahead to avoid shopping at peak hours and reduce frequency of trips to the store.  Do not attend large gatherings if you are: 

•    ill
•    immune compromised
•    over the age of 65
•    living with a chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
•    a contact of a known or suspected case of COVID-19
•    exposed to someone with a known respiratory illness
•    a domestic traveler to/from an area with widespread community transmission of the novel Coronavirus
•    an international traveler, especially to destinations under a Level 3 travel advisory for “widespread or ongoing community spread” of the novel Coronavirus

Everyone plays a part in lowering the impact of emerging diseases within our communities and workplaces.  Take action every day to impede the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19 and influenza.  Preventive actions include

•    Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If soap and water are not available, you can use a hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol – but that is not the best choice – use soap and water whenever possible.
•    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•    Stay isolated when you are sick – this cannot be emphasized enough.
•    People who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness should stay isolated at home until they are free of fever and any other symptoms without the use of any medications for at least 24 hours.  Employees should contact their healthcare provider before returning to work.  
•    Before traveling, check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each intended destination.
•    Any employee who becomes sick while traveling must promptly consult with their healthcare provider and understand that they should notify their supervisor for guidance before returning to work.  . 

FDOH’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage FloridaHealthCoViD19.gov remains the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.  Their COVID-19 Call Center is active 24/7 for questions about this virus:  (866) 779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov

All other local questions should be directed to the Emergency Operations Center at (904) 548-0900.

 


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